The USS Canberra — named for Australia’s seat of energy — is a model new littoral fight ship, one of many US Navy’s latest platforms.
“It says much to the strength of the friendship between our two nations that Australia is the only allied country whose capital the US Navy has used to name a ship,” Commodore Matthew Hudson, Australia’s army attache at its embassy in Washington, mentioned on the christening ceremony Saturday.
The ship is the second US Navy vessel to bear the Canberra title. The first was throughout World War II, when the then-USS Pittsburgh, a cruiser, was renamed Canberra after an Australian ship of the identical title was sunk by Japanese forces within the Battle of Savo Island, a part of the Guadalcanal marketing campaign within the Solomon Islands.
The cruiser Canberra would go on the serve till 1970, with roles within the Cuban missile disaster and the Vietnam War.
“I am proud to join Australian partners in continuing the legacy of this name,” Vice Adm. Ricky Williamson, US deputy chief of naval operations, mentioned at Saturday’s ceremony.
The first Canberra was additionally within the US fleet when the ANZUS Treaty, a non-binding safety settlement among the many United States, Australia and New Zealand, was struck in 1951.
Hudson famous that milestone on Saturday.
“As we mark the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance, the friendship between our two countries is stronger than ever,” he mentioned.
“The alliance between our two countries makes the world a safer place,” mentioned Todd Schafer, an appearing assistant secretary of the Navy.
The latest USS Canberra is a 421-foot- (128-meter-) lengthy, 3,200-metric-ton ship that may accommodate a crew of as much as 75 sailors.
Littoral fight ships are available two variants, the single-hull Freedom class and the Independence class catamarans, of which Canberra is the fifteenth.
The symbolism of tight US-Australia safety ties extends past the ship’s title. It was constructed on the shipyard of Austal USA, a part of the Australia-based world protection large Austal.
“Just 16 years after Austal USA joined the US defense industrial base, the company is hosting its 15th littoral combat ship christening — LCS 30, a ship proudly named after the capital of Australia and yet another symbol of the great ties between our two countries,” Austal USA interim president Rusty Murdaugh mentioned.
The Canberra’s christening marks the ship’s evolution from building to testing its methods at sea. It might be commissioned when that testing is full after which be a part of the fleet for deployment.